Even as former secretary of state Hillary Clinton is battling it out against Republican Party candidate Donald Trump for the top job in the US, Conservative Party leader Theresa May was sworn in as the second woman prime minister of the United Kingdom (UK) after Margaret Thatcher who occupied 10 Downing Street nearly four decades ago.
If Clinton is indeed elected US President in November this year, it will perhaps be the first time in modern history that four of the top 10 economies in the world -- the US, Germany, the UK and Brazil- will be led by women heads of government.
Representation of women in politics continues to be small across the world and the number of those that go on to become the heads of state or government is even smaller. For instance, of the 195 countries in the world, only a little over 10% have women leading them. Interestingly, a lot of smaller countries across Europe and Africa, such as Liberia, Namibia, Poland, Norway, Malta and Croatia, have women as the heads of state and government.
While the number of women leading nations remains woefully small, those that have been at the helm in the past have proved that they are as capable administrators as their male counter-parts.
Here is a quick look at some of them.